Kay Bourne Arts Report – Issue #40

Contents

THE HISTORY IN ROXBURY’S PUBLIC ART

PIECES BECOMING A WHOLE

NEGATIVE IMAGES GO ON TRIAL

A PIRATES LIFE FOR ME

JAMAICAN THEATER COMES TO BOSTON

UP-COMING EVENTS


THE HISTORY IN ROXBURY’S PUBLIC ART

by Kay Bourne

aed8795528373f9e3e1bb7c34ef67104.124.80 Kay Bourne Arts Report   Issue #40There’s more to the public art in Roxbury than meets the eye. Gain an insider’s view on the intriguing statues and wall murals that dot the terrain of Roxbury and the South End when noted curator E. Barry Gaither leads a trolley tour.

The Discover Roxbury program is set to roll this Saturday, JUNE 2. Meet the trolley at 9 a.m. at Back Bay Station, or at 9:30 a.m. at the Dillaway Thomas House, 183 Roxbury Street, in John Elliot Square in the Fort Hill neighborhood of Roxbury. Pre-registration is required. For more info visit www.discoverroxbury.org or call 617-427-1006.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, you’ll be particularly touched by John Wilson’s bronze, “Father And Son Reading.” Mr. Gaither will doubtless point out that the life sized work situated on the Roxbury Community College campus is a loving tribute to the bonding between fathers and sons and to learning.

The way the artist presents the arch type is showing the father endorsing the son and sheltering him, while the son nestles inside his dad’s arms.

They are, however, both looking at a book, whose purpose always is to take us away from where we are.

“This is a safe place of learning for the son,” Gaither has noted, “but there are also infinite possibilities through the book.”

Gaither who knew the work through drawings the artist had shared with him before it was cast into bronze recommended the statue to the college. He has said his reasoning beyond the wonderful aesthetics of the statue is that “in a community where issues of male bonding remain problematic, the piece is affirmative of fathers’, sons’ and grandfathers’ relationships. Wilson‘s statue models a way to be a father by caring and participating in the life of a son. There is a real sense of engagement between the father and the son.”

Other works designated to be viewed on the tour include Jameel Parker’s mural on the Harriet Tubman House which depict well known figures who reside in the South End and musicians who played at the Hi Hat Nightclub which stood immediately next door to where the settlement house now stands. You’ll see other murals as well, some in not as fine condition as Parker’s. Mr. Gaither may well mention that he is involved in a national mural restoration project and will be suggesting Boston murals for work. Perhaps, you will want to offer some thoughts on the subject.

Artists whose work you’ll see on the tour include: Fern Cunningham, Mike Womble, Heidi Schork, Gary Rickson, Vusi Maduna, Dana Chandler, Kofi Kayiga, John Ewing, Valerie Maynard, Meta Warrick Fuller, and Reginald Jackson.

Discover Roxbury official website


PIECES BECOMING A WHOLE

by Kay Bourne

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